American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting

American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting

May 04, 2019
1 min read
Save

ACOG revises postpartum office visit recommendations

You've successfully added to your alerts. You will receive an email when new content is published.

Click Here to Manage Email Alerts

We were unable to process your request. Please try again later. If you continue to have this issue please contact customerservice@slackinc.com.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Seeking to address the 60% of maternal deaths that occur during following delivery, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recently updated its postpartum office visit recommendations, a speaker at the annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting said.

Haywood L. Brown, MD, former ACOG president and now a vice president at the University of South Florida, told attendees these revised recommendations encourage most women who have given birth to see their obstetric provider within 3 weeks of delivery and again no later than 12 weeks after birth.

This latter visit includes discussions on birth spacing, contraception, chronic disease management, emotional and mood-well-being, fatigue, health maintenance, infant care and feeding, physical recovery from birth and sleep patterns that are typical in healthy new mothers, according to Brown.

Brown addressed the importance of follow-up care for new mothers.

“If she misses these postpartum visits, her risk for hemorrhage and death increases. ... She is also often lonely, she often needs help [with her child],” he said.

Women who are at risk for postpartum depression, who had a cesarean delivery, have a substance abuse problem or addiction or a chronic condition such as seizures, heart disease, rheumatoid disorders, should have postpartum visits within 10 days of delivery. – by Janel Miller

Reference:

Brown H. “Fourth trimester care: When to initiate care postpartum.” Presented at: American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting; May 3-6, 2019; Nashville.

Disclosures: Brown reports contributing to Up to Date, Maternal Mortality and Merck manuals.